Executive Briefings

Sri Lanka and China to Develop Southern Port

Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone.

The cabinet approved a plan under which Sri Lanka will lease 80 percent of the Hambantota port to Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Company for 99 years for $1.12bn, a government document showed.

China Merchants Port Holdings Company will make a $5m payment as a security deposit upon signing the agreement, which the government expects to do on Jan. 7.

The company will pay 10 percent of the $1.12bn within one month, and the remaining 90 percent within six months of signing the transaction documents.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had offered during a visit to China in April to swap equity in Sri Lankan infrastructure projects against some of the $8bn in debt the Indian Ocean island owes to China.

Read Full Article

The cabinet approved a plan under which Sri Lanka will lease 80 percent of the Hambantota port to Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Company for 99 years for $1.12bn, a government document showed.

China Merchants Port Holdings Company will make a $5m payment as a security deposit upon signing the agreement, which the government expects to do on Jan. 7.

The company will pay 10 percent of the $1.12bn within one month, and the remaining 90 percent within six months of signing the transaction documents.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had offered during a visit to China in April to swap equity in Sri Lankan infrastructure projects against some of the $8bn in debt the Indian Ocean island owes to China.

Read Full Article